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Jason Jung Jae Kwonread bio
Jason Kwon, or Jung Jae Kwon, is a graduate of Harvard University, where he majored in political science with a focus on international relations. He is originally from Seoul, South Korea. Jason served two years in the South Korean army as a mechanic and deployed to South Sudan as a United Nations peacekeeper. In South Sudan, he was a translator and a member of the Civil-Military Coordination team. After he finishes his studies at the Yenching Academy, Jason is scheduled to begin his Ph.D. studies in MIT’s Security Studies Program within the Political Science Department. His research interests broadly encompass East Asian Security, U.S.-China relations, and East African conflicts. He has previously published two articles in undergraduate academic journals on international relations. At the Yenching Academy, Jason is concentrating in Politics and International Relations, while focusing on patterns in China’s historical and current foreign policy behaviors. One of his most important goals at Yenching is to improve his Chinese. Jason wants to use the experience at Yenching as a stepping stone for his training and potential career in academia. In his spare time, Jason loves to play sports. Baseball is his favorite thing, and he also likes to cook and explore different cuisines. In China, Jason intends to challenge himself with as many exotic dishes as possible.
Elek Laneread bio
Elek Lane hails from the U.S., having grown up in Wisconsin, one of its northerly states. After spending his childhood alternating between swimming and skating Wisconsin's many rivers and lakes, he moved to Chicago, where he spent four years studying at the University of Chicago. His major academic focus was philosophy, but he is also interested in the history of islands, the horror of embodiment, and the blues. At the Yenching Academy, his field of study is Philosophy and Religion. Deeply perplexed by the world and the people in it, Elek has found himself drawn to philosophy (and other forms of philosophical thinking) as a way of trying to understand it all. Some thinkers in whom he has developed a special kind of fascination are Kierkegaard, Beckett, Mencius, Hitchcock, and Wittgenstein, as well as many teachings from the Tao Te Ching and of Tiantai Buddhism. He finds that studying the Tao illuminates certain aspects of Wittgenstein - which in turn illuminates certain aspects of the Tao, and so on. For example, Wittgenstein's claim that his own writing is meaningless, that its purpose is to get one to 'see rightly', can be interestingly compared to the opening of the Tao: "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao". He intends to continue pursuing interests such as these at the Yenching Academy.
Rosie Levineread bio
Rosie Levine’s interest in China began at a very early age – she lived in Beijing as a child. Since returning to America at age nine, she has been striving to understand and reconnect to her second home. This path led her to pursue degrees in History, Asian Languages & Cultures and Museum Studies at the University of Michigan. She focused her studies on U.S. popular culture, modern Chinese history, cultural heritage and public history. Her studies culminated in her undergraduate honors thesis on U.S. popular culture reactions to the Boxer Rebellion, focusing on how Americans came to understand China during that time. She graduated with High Honors and Highest Distinction in May of 2014. After graduation, Rosie moved back to Beijing where she worked doing research and preparing exhibits for a gallery that collects old maps and photographs of Beijing. She then worked for the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center - a Chinese NGO that works to preserve, protect and promote the unique cultural heritage of Beijing. She is pursuing the History & Archeology field of study at the Yenching Academy to continue to grow her passion in Chinese history and culture.
Alix Xianthe Mary Lewisread bio
Alix Lewis hails from Trinidad and Tobago. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College in the United States, with a degree in Economics and a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. She served as a Student Government senator, the International Students’ organisation President, the Caribbean Students’ organisation President, and Wellesley Rugby captain. At the Yenching Academy, she plans to concentrate in Politics and International Relations. She has a particular interest in developing island nations, having spent parts of her life in different islands including Barbados, Hong Kong, Cape Verde, and New Zealand. She hopes to delve into renewable energy development, particularly how they are harnessed in developing countries. With China as one of the world's growing assertive influencers in renewable energy, she is keen to learn how China's green transition can help other developing nations, such as her own, transition more sustainably. After her time in China, she looks forward to returning to her home country, and working on issues related to energy and social development.
Li Sicongread bio
Li Sicong completed his LL.B. in the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University in 2016. At Nankai, he focused on the regional policy and governance innovations of China and participated in four research projects. One of his papers was published in a core journal. His GPA ranked first in the Department of Public Administration, and he received the Baosteel Scholarship, Global Times Scholarship and First Class Scholarship of Nankai University for his academic performance and social work. Li has a passion for taking part in community and public service activities. He was the Vice-President of Student Government and a volunteer for several large events and social work programs. Beyond political science, Li is a sports fanatic and loves cities. At the Yenching Academy, he is focusing on the Economics and Management concentration, and hopes to research entrepreneurship and regional economic development.
Lin Danread bio
Lin Dan studied international politics at Xiamen University. She has received many honors for her academic performance, including the National Scholarship and the Outstanding Merit Student Award of Xiamen University. Lin was an exchange student at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan for one semester and spent one year studying at the University of Amsterdam. In 2014, she was one of the youngest participants in the Peking University-University of Chicago Summer Institute on IR Theory and Method. Lin’s primary academic interest is US-China relations. At the Yenching Academy, Lin would like to focus on social stratification and social mobility in contemporary China.
Liu Ruoxiread bio
At Zhejiang University, Liu Ruoxi has pursued her BA in French Language and Culture while simultaneously studying politics and sociology. She has been involved in university life working for the Office of International Affairs, and received several scholarships. Ruoxi was honored as an Excellent Graduate of Zheijang Province. She has participated in two exchange programs at UC Berkeley and Sciences Po Paris, through which she discovered her passion for immigration studies. She has conducted research concerning Asians on the West Coast of the US and African immigrants at Canton, and has successfully conducted a research project regarding Wenzhou immigrants in Paris. At the Yenching Academy, Ruoxi would like to continue deepening her knowledge in the field of immigration studies, which is her platform for observing cross-cultural phenomena.
Maithe van Luijkread bio
Maithe van Luijk is an Amsterdam-born cosmopolitan with a passion for other cultures. After travelling in Asia for five months, she decided to start her studies in visual communication and graphic design in Rotterdam. At the same time, she was making her first acquaintance with entrepreneurship. As co-owner of a small clothing start-up, her aim was to change the world "one shirt at a time." However, faced with missing a certain depth, she decided to change her course radically by taking on a Bachelor degree in China Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. Driven by this passion for other cultures and changing the world, she graduated with a Minor in International Relations, as well as an Honors degree and a second thesis. Next to that, she has successfully completed yoga teacher training in India and spent a summer as a volunteer in Kaohsiung. She has written a comparative thesis based on her research on the Confucian idea of ren (仁) and the keystones of liberalism as the grounds for our respective contemporary societies. At Yenching, she plans to delve further into the differences and similarities in the field of political philosophy between the two worlds. Wishing first to deepen and strengthen her knowledge on the matter, she hopes to someday contribute to strong relations between China and Europe.
Ma Yingyiread bio
Ma Yingyi studied Social Work at Beijing Normal University. As an undergraduate, she was awarded many national and regional scholarships. She also has been involved in several research projects and practicums related to rural Chinese and disadvantaged groups. Yingyi’s academic interests include gender and labor, NPO issues, and inequalities in contemporary Chinese society. At the Yenching Academy, Yingyi plans to focus on ethnic identity and community reconstruction in globalized China.
Lucila San Martínread bio
Lucila San Martín wants the world to get along better. That's why at the age of 16 she started volunteering for the Anne Frank House, an institution that promotes intercultural and interreligious dialogue and non-violence. To further this calling, she studied Communications at Universidad de San Andrés in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied abroad as a Presidential Scholar on Semester at Sea, a ship-based program that takes students through Asia and Africa while taking relevant classes. She's an alumni of Global Changemakers and the G(irls)20 Summit. Her topic of undergraduate research is the role humor and joking play in communication. She hopes Yenching Academy will give her the tools to become an effective ally in mediating cross-cultural relations.